Oz police warns 'flawed' Apple maps system 'luring motorists into danger'

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 09:33 hrs

Australian police has warning citizens not to rely on Apple's new mapping system on its latest iPhone after a number of motorists were directed into life-threatening situations.

Police said that iPhone users who have upgraded to the system's new iOS 6 operating system are at risk of ending up off the beaten track.

According to News.com.au, the alert follows revelations that the mapping system lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, about 70km away from the actual location of Mildura, a regional city in northwestern Victoria.

Local police have been called to assist distressed motorists who have become stranded within the Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions on their Apple iPhone, the report said.

Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, putting lives at risk, it added.

The report quoted inspector Simon Clemence, as saying said it took one man 24-hours to make contact with the outside world after following the application's directions.

Police have confirmed five vehicles have become stranded in the park, with many more people presumed to have become lost, but found there way back to civilisation. (ANI)

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